The time for citizens to comment on India’s proposed telecommunications bill is running out. This bill was intended to modernize the outdated laws governing our telecommunications sector. Renewal was needed, but the draft bill shows that the government intends to give itself a license raj that not only stifles digital innovation but can also violate users’ privacy. It is the basis for the definition that the term “telecommunications services” can include almost any aspect of the online experience on the telecommunications spectrum, from email and social media to in-app messaging and video sharing. It starts with flaws. The government then claims that: All these services are monopolized by default in India, and sole proprietors need to get a license, just like telcos, like Gmail, WhatsApp, Zoom, and others we have on our phones. apps will suddenly need government approval. This is a rudimentary truth of digital life: The Internet is not owned by any country. We are not using the spectrum that has been used. Because licensing means new measures of control, it also affects our right to freedom of expression. This overreach must be rolled back.